5 April 2012

A life-affirming rhapsody on the death penalty

Werner Herzog’s poignant death-penalty documentary avoids didacticism in favour of unalloyed human experience.

29 March 2012

Have the Dardennes fallen off their bike?

The remarkable Belgian filmmaking duo have produced a string of gritty modern classics - this fluffier fairytale is their first flop.

23 March 2012

Out of the darkness and into the light

It starts as a simplistic, sanitised take on the Holocaust, but finally In Darkness becomes the humanising film it needed to be.

16 March 2012

Doing Hardy proud in modern India

Thanks to its Indian twist, Michael Winterbottom’s new take on Tess of the d'Urbervilles is no tired costume drama.

9 March 2012

The best inoffensive film to watch with your parents

Yes, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is unchallenging and cliché-ridden. But this bittersweet retiree romp remains a delight.

2 March 2012

A cult film that won’t be a cult film

Slow thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene – lauded at Sundance, ignored by the Oscars – isn’t challenging, just vague.

23 February 2012

Making a fairytale of the First World War

He may have replaced the gore of war with the goo of War Horse, but somehow Spielberg pulls it off.

20 February 2012

If they gave out Oscars for mediocrity...

Clooney is okay in The Descendants, but the rest of the movie is a shallow and schmaltzy affair.

13 February 2012

There's more to hip-hop
than the n-word

Offence-seeking critics should get over the swearing, and see hip-hop as one of the most vibrant musical genres.

10 February 2012

Cartoonish characters can’t create true carnage

The paper-thin characters in Roman Polanski’s new film means this satire of middle-class mores quickly loses its bite.